Parents, students and advocates protest cuts to after-school programs in Greenpoint

Parents, students and advocates gathered today in Greenpoint demanding that the city stop making cuts to after school programs. Organizers say they are very concerned

Advocates say city budget cuts to these programs are affecting 50,000 children and families.

Advocates say city budget cuts to these programs are affecting 50,000 children and families. (10/17/13)

GREENPOINT - Parents, students and advocates gathered today in Greenpoint demanding that the city stop making cuts to after-school programs.

The nonprofit organization St. Nick's Alliance holds its after-school programs at the Arts at Renaissance Center in Greenpoint. Organizers say they are very concerned because the amount of money going into the program has dwindled significantly in recent years.

Protesters from after-school programs across North Brooklyn joined together to spread the message that children will have no place to go if the programs continue to get cut.

The group says New York City's "Out of School Time" program currently serves 57,000 children, while five years ago it served 87,000..

The event in North Brooklyn is part of a nationwide awareness campaign called "Shine Lights on After-school." Organizers say they hope people in the community and around the country hear their message about the importance of the programs. 

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